Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

These 3-ingredient Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries combine natural sweetness with a spicy Creole seasoning kick for a super tasty and easy to make side dish!

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Who said sweet potato fries were boring? Not me! Ok, well maybe I did think that up until I tried this version. And let’s just say I stand corrected!! These Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries are tossed with a little bit of olive oil and seasoned with a light coating of Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning…and all I can say is, Wow! The combination of the natural sweetness from the sweet potato with the spicy kick from the Creole seasoning is seriously a match made in heaven! Not to mention I can make a batch of fries for just over a dollar! Now I can get my weekly sweet potato fix fast and on a budget!

Overhead view of a plate of sweet potato fries served with mayo ketchup dipping sauce and a napkin on the side.

Ingredients For Sweet Potato Fries

You only need 3 simple ingredients to make these easy, tasty, sweet potato fries!

  • Sweet Potatoes – Just one pound of sweet potatoes, or approximately 2 small sweet potatoes, is all you’ll need to make one batch of sweet potato fries.
  • Olive Oil – A little bit of olive oil (or cooking oil of your choice) to help the seasoning stick to the sweet potatoes and help the potatoes to brown evenly while cooking.
  • Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning – This is what I consider the “secret ingredient” and makes these sweet potato fries really stand out! If you don’t have access to this particular brand, you can substitute with any seasoning salt blend, like Lawry’s.

Are These Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries Crispy?

No, they’re not. Even though they are being cooked in an air “fryer”, they are on the thicker side and won’t be as crispy as deep fried sweet potato fries. There are some recipes that call for extra steps and ingredients to try and achieve a crispier texture, but we went with a simple, less complicated method for these sweet potato fries, and they still turned out super delicious!

Tips for making Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

  1. Cut the wedges evenly – Try to cut the sweet potato wedges as even as possible so they can all cook evenly in the air fryer.
  2. Mix well – Make sure the sweet potato fries are coated evenly in the oil and spices.
  3. Preheat the air fryer – It’s always good to preheat the air fryer before you add your fries to the basket. If your air fryer does not have a pre-heat function, simply let it run with an empty basket for about 3-4 minutes at 400ºF.
  4. Cook in intervals – Cook the sweet potato fries in roughly 5 minute intervals and shake the basket (or use silicone tongs) to flip the fries after each interval.

What to Serve With Sweet POtato Fries?

If you love a good dipping sauce, then try serving these sweet potato fries with our Comeback Sauce or our Mayo Ketchup. And since you already have the air fryer out, you could easily pair these with some Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets or maybe some Baked Chicken Wings. And the sweet and spicy flavor of the fries would taste great with some smokey BBQ Bean Sliders or BBQ Chicken Quesadillas. But of course you can always add these on the side with some Smash Burgers or Bacon Ranch Turkey Burgers too!

Overhead view of sweet potato fries on a serving plate with one fry being dipped in a side of mayo ketchup.

Pictured with Mayo Ketchup sauce.

Overhead view of a plate of sweet potato fries served with mayo ketchup dipping sauce and a napkin on the side.
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Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

These 3-ingredient Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries combine natural sweetness with a spicy Creole seasoning kick for a super tasty and easy to make side dish!
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Total Cost $1.13 recipe / $0.56 serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 259kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. sweet potatoes $0.99
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil $0.11
  • 1/2 tsp Tony Chachere's seasoning (or to taste)* $0.03

Instructions

  • Wash, peel, then dry the sweet potatoes. Cut the sweet potatoes into wedges.
  • Place the sweet potato wedges in a bowl, drizzle with olive oil, then sprinkle seasoning over the top. Toss the sweet potatoes until they're evenly covered in oil and seasoning.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400ºF. Once preheated, add the seasoned sweet potatoes and spread them as evenly as possible inside the air fryer basket. Cook the fries at five-minute intervals, shaking the basket to flip and stir the fries after each interval.
  • Continue cooking until the sweet potatoes are slightly blistered and browned on the edges, about 15-20 minutes total. Serve immediately.

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Notes

*You can substitute any seasoning salt, like Lawry’s.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Sodium: 125mg | Fiber: 7g

Try These Other Homemade Fry Recipes:

Side view of sweet potato fries on a serving plate with one fry being dipped in a side of mayo ketchup.

How to Make Air Fryer Sweet POtato Fries – Step by Step Photos

Sweet Potatoes that have been peeled and cut into wedges.

Wash, peel, then dry 1 lb. of sweet potatoes (approx. 2 small sweet potatoes). Cut the sweet potatoes into wedges.

Sweet potato wedges in a large bowl seasoned with olive oil and Creole seasoning.

Place the sweet potato wedges in a bowl, drizzle with 1 Tbsp olive oil, then sprinkle 1/2 tsp of seasoning (or more to taste) over the top. Toss the sweet potatoes until they’re evenly covered in oil and seasoning.

Seasoned sweet potato fries place inside an air fryer basket.

Preheat the air fryer to 400ºF. Once preheated, add the seasoned sweet potatoes and spread them as evenly as possible inside of the air fryer basket. Cook the fries at five-minute intervals, shaking the basket to flip and stir the fries after each interval.

Cooked sweet potato fries inside air fryer basket.

Continue cooking until the sweet potatoes are slightly blistered and browned on the edges, about 15-20 minutes total.

Overhead view of a plate of sweet potato fries served with mayo ketchup dipping sauce and a napkin on the side.

Serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy! Pictured with Mayo Ketchup sauce.

Side view of sweet potato fries on a serving plate with one fry being dipped in a side of mayo ketchup.

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Homemade Fish Sticks

Homemade fish sticks are easy to make, deliciously crispy on the outside, and light, flakey, and moist on the inside.

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Every now and then I get a MAJOR craving for fish sticks, but I’m not really a fan of store-bought frozen fish sticks. So instead, I use this homemade fish sticks recipe to get my fix. They’re surprisingly simple to make, they’re deliciously crispy on the outside, and light, flakey, and moist on the inside. Dip them in some homemade tartar sauce and I’m in heaven!

Close up overhead view of a plate full of fish sticks with one dipped into tartar sauce.

Fish sticks are seriously easy to make. They have two main components, the fish and the crispy breading. Super easy! Once you make your own fish sticks at home, there’s no going back to frozen.

Ingredients for Fish Sticks

Here’s what you’ll need to make these homemade fish sticks:

  • White Fish: You’ll want to use a mild white fish to make fish sticks, like cod, flounder, tilapia, or grouper. I used frozen flounder this time around because that’s what was available at the store for a good price, but I’ve also used cod many times. Frozen fish is usually a little more affordable than fresh, and it works great for fish sticks!
  • Flour, Eggs, Breadcrumbs: The crispy breadcrumb coating is made with just a few simple ingredients: flour, eggs, and Panko breadcrumbs (plus a little seasoning). Panko is the best type of breadcrumb for fish sticks because it’s extra light and crispy, so it doesn’t overpower the delicate fish.
  • Seasoning: You’ll definitely want a little seasoning to keep your fish sticks from being boring, so I made it easy by adding a Creole seasoning blend that includes salt. Any type of seasoning salt will work well.
  • Oil: Use high-heat cooking oil to shallow fry the fish sticks, like canola, vegetable, peanut, light olive, or sesame oil (not toasted).

Alternate Cooking Methods

I chose to shallow fry my homemade fish sticks because it’s SUPER fast and creates the most crispy and delicious bread coating. If you’re not a fan of this method, it is possible to bake them in an oven or use an air fryer, although the results won’t be quite as scrumptious. Here is how to cook fish sticks in an oven or air fryer:

Baked Fish Sticks: Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Stir 2 Tbsp cooking oil into the seasoned Panko breadcrumbs (this helps the fish sticks brown and crisp evenly). Place the breaded fish sticks on a wire cooling rack placed on a baking sheet. Bake the fish sticks for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through.

Air Fryer Fish Sticks: Preheat the air fryer to 400ºF. Stir 2 Tbsp cooking oil into the seasoned Panko breadcrumbs (this helps the fish sticks brown and crisp evenly). Place the fish sticks in the air fryer basket in batches, being careful not to overcrowd the air fryer. Cook the fish sticks at 400ºF for 8-10 minutes, or until lightly golden.

Seasoning Ideas for Fish Sticks

I used Tony Chachere’s to season my fish stick recipe, but there are a lot of other great seasonings that would also work well. Just remember, if the seasoning blend you use does not contain salt, you’ll need to add about 1/4 tsp to the flour mixture and 1/2 tsp to the panko breadcrumbs. Here are some alternate seasoning ideas for your homemade fish sticks:

What to Serve with Fish Sticks

You’ll probably want a little something delicious to dip your fish sticks in, so I would suggest a creamy tartar sauce, a zingy comeback sauce, creamy-tangy mayo ketchup, or plain ketchup (if that’s how you roll).

To round out your fish stick meal, try pairing them with a creamy coleslaw or a zippier cumin lime coleslaw, go “fish and chips” style with some steak fries, or get some greens with a side of roasted broccoli. Or, go full on comfort food with some creamy mac and cheese. ;)

A hand dipping a fish stick into a bowl of tartar sauce.
Overhead view of a plate full of fish sticks with tartar sauce and lemon wedges.
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Homemade Fish Sticks

Homemade fish sticks are easy to make, deliciously crispy on the outside, and light, flakey, and moist on the inside. 
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Total Cost $7.32 recipe / $1.83 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 4 (about 4 fish sticks each)
Calories 384kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. white fish $6.00
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour $0.16
  • 2 tsp Tony Chachere's seasoning, divided* $0.20
  • 2 large eggs $0.18
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs $0.62
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil $0.16

Instructions

  • If the fish is frozen, thaw completely, then pat with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture. Cut the fish into "sticks" about three inches long and ½-inch wide, and no more than ½-inch thick (if using a thicker fish filet).
  • Prepare the breading by combining the flour and 1 tsp seasoning (Tony Chachere's or seasoning of choice) in a bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs. In a third bowl, combine the panko breadcrumbs and remaining 1 tsp seasoning.
  • Begin to bread the fish sticks by dipping them one at a time into the flour, then egg, then panko breadcrumbs. Place the breaded fish sticks on a plate or cutting board once breaded.
  • Heat the cooking oil in a small skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot enough that a breadcrumb dropped into the pan sizzles strongly as soon as it hits the oil, you're ready to fry the fish sticks.
  • Fry the fish sticks in batches, making sure not to overcrowd the pan, frying for 2-4 minutes on each side or until the breading is golden brown. Transfer the fried fish sticks to a paper towel-lined plate to drain as you fry the rest. If the oil gets too hot as you fry, remove the pan from the heat to allow it to cool slightly before continuing. Do not let the oil smoke. If needed, add slightly more oil and allow it to fully heat before cooking more fish sticks.
  • Allow the fish sticks a few minutes to cool slightly before enjoying with your favorite dipping sauce.

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Notes

*Use your favorite seasoning salt or seasoning blend. See the blog text above the recipe for more seasoning ideas.
The sodium content listed does not account for the fact that most of the seasoning salt is discarded with the unused flour and panko after breading the fish sticks. 

Nutrition

Serving: 4fish sticks | Calories: 384kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 19g | Sodium: 1367mg | Fiber: 1g
Close up of a fish stick dipped in tartar sauce.

How to Make Fish Sticks – Step by Step Photos

thawed flounder filets on a cutting board.

Thaw about 1 lb. of white fish, then dab with a paper towel to remove excess moisture. I used flounder because that’s what was available, but cod, tilapia, or grouper all work great.

Fish filets cut into fish sticks on a cutting board.

Cut the fish into “sticks” about three inches long and ½-inch wide. If you are using thicker pieces of fish, like a cod, filet the pieces in half to make sure they are not thicker than ½-inch.

Three bowls with ingredients for the breading (flour, eggs, breadcrumbs).

Prepare the ingredients for the three layers of the breadcrumb coating. In one bowl, combine ½ cup flour with 1 tsp Tony Chachere’s seasoning (see blog text above for alternate seasoning ideas). In a separate bowl, whisk two large eggs. In a third bowl, combine 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs with 1 tsp Tony Chachere’s seasoning.

Breaded fish sticks on a cutting board next to the three bowls of ingredients.

Begin breading the fish sticks by first dipping them in the seasoned flour, shaking off the excess, then dipping them into the whisked eggs, and finally into the seasoned breadcrumbs until fully coated. Place the breaded fish sticks on a plate or cutting board.

Fish sticks being fried in a small pan.

Add ¼ cup high-heat cooking oil (like canola, vegetable, peanut, light olive oil) to a small skillet and heat over medium. Test the heat of the oil by dropping in a pinch of Panko breadcrumbs. When the breadcrumb sizzle furiously as soon as it hits the oil, it’s ready to fry the fish sticks. Work in small batches, taking care not to overcrowd the pan. Fry the fish sticks for 2-4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. If the oil becomes too hot, take the pan off the heat for a moment or two before proceeding. If the oil begins to smoke, take it off the heat immediately.

Fried fish sticks on a paper towel lined plate.

Transfer the fried fish sticks to a paper towel-lined plate to drain as you cook the remaining fish sticks. Let them cool for just a few minutes before serving and enjoying!

Overhead view of a plate full of fish sticks with tartar sauce and lemon wedges.

These things are SERIOUSLY SO GOOD. I already want to make another batch. 😜

Close up of a fish stick with a bite taken out, showing the flakey interior.

The outside is so crispy and the inside is so moist and flakey. Fish stick PERFECTION!

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